Posts Tagged ‘PLA!’

Apr
2016
21

After Navy Saves $250M, WA Rep. Makes Strong Case for Expanded National Use of PLAs

After Navy Saves $250M, WA Rep. Makes Strong Case for Expanded National Use of PLAs
  U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) recently joined U.S. Secretary of Labor, Thomas E. Perez, and the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Celia Munoz, to discuss the benefits of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and how they helped the Navy save $267 million on a recent construction project at the Kitsap-Bangor base.  Joining...
Apr
2016
8

Binghamton Councilman Who Tried to Bribe ABC Contractor on PLA Bill Forced to Resign

Binghamton Councilman Who Tried to Bribe ABC Contractor on PLA Bill Forced to Resign
  In Binghamton, NY the city council is deciding how it will move forward following the resignation of councilmember Bill Berg, who left his position last week as part of a plea deal with the Broome County District Attorney’s office. A misdemeanor charge of obstructing governmental administration was the impetus.  The charge stems from...
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Apr
2016
1

Thanks to Project Labor Agreement, Minority Hiring Goals are Surpassed on UMass Project

Thanks to Project Labor Agreement, Minority Hiring Goals are Surpassed on UMass Project
  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between the University of Massachusetts-Boston and the local Building Trades is exceeding diversity hiring goals and providing opportunities to local workers.  The college entered into the PLA during the planning stages of its campus revitalization project.  Built into the agreement were diversity standards...
Mar
2016
1

Local Hiring Provisions, Union Success Stories Lead to Pro-PLA Vote by Brentwood City Council

Local Hiring Provisions, Union Success Stories Lead to Pro-PLA Vote by Brentwood City Council
  Last week, the Brentwood City Council voted in support of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for its upcoming $12.2 million library construction project.  City staff can now negotiate the contract with local trades unions.  The city used a PLA in 2009 on its Civic Center project, which was completed on time and under budget.  [&hellip...
Feb
2016
12

Congress Finally Takes Action on Mismanaged Veterans Affairs Projects; Door Opens for PLAs

Congress Finally Takes Action on Mismanaged Veterans Affairs Projects; Door Opens for PLAs
  In response to a long-running string of mismanaged Veterans Affairs (VA) construction projects across the country, the House of Representatives has passed a bill which would require the Army Corps of Engineers or another federal agency to manage any VA project with a price tag over $100 million.   In the past, we have [&hellip...
Feb
2016
4

Landmark PLA Combats Misclassification, Discrimination at Port of Oakland

Landmark PLA Combats Misclassification, Discrimination at Port of Oakland
  Construction truck drivers at the Port of Oakland will be protected from employee misclassification thanks to a landmark deal which labor advocates hope will set a precedent for the industry at large.  Last Thursday, the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners voted unanimously to pass an enhanced Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to ensure...
Nov
2015
30

Labor Secretary, Bipartisan Lawmakers Demand More Project Labor Agreements on Federal Work

Labor Secretary, Bipartisan Lawmakers Demand More Project Labor Agreements on Federal Work
  U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez toured the $345 million wharf project at Naval Base Kitsap this week, which is being built primarily with local labor thanks to a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). Some lawmakers now want to see such agreements become the standard for similar Department of Defense projects.   After touring the [&hellip...
Nov
2015
24

City Councils on Both Coasts Approve PLAs to Ensure Investment in Local Communities

  Two towns on different sides of the country had their city council chambers packed with union members last week in support of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) that are now closer to becoming realities.  While the scenarios are different, the overall sense of responsibility to ensure local investment on major projects is the same. In...
Oct
2015
29

SoCal School District Hopes Project Labor Agreements Will Change Course of “Shabby” Local Construction History

SoCal School District Hopes Project Labor Agreements Will Change Course of
  The Sweetwater Union High School District is turning to Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) to change the status quo of construction quality in the region, which has been shoddy and delayed of late.  On a 4-0 vote, the five-member panel voted in favor of using PLAs for all projects funded by Proposition O.  The board’s [&hellip...
Oct
2015
15

IUOE: Project Labor Agreement Vital to Ensuring Local Hire, Avoiding Temp Workers on Site C Dam

IUOE: Project Labor Agreement Vital to Ensuring Local Hire, Avoiding Temp Workers on Site C Dam
  As BC Hydro begins the contract process for construction of the Site C dam on the Peace River near Fort St. John, British Columbia, the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 115 is putting pressure on the region’s leaders to help ensure local workers get jobs on the project.  The $8.3 billion project [&hellip...
Oct
2015
6

Minority, Female Hiring Goals Exceeded on Buffalo Solar Work Thanks to Project Labor Agreement

Minority, Female Hiring Goals Exceeded on Buffalo Solar Work Thanks to Project Labor Agreement
  As the Solar City factory in Buffalo, NY prepares to greatly expand its construction workforce, city officials excitedly announced that hiring goals for minorities and women have been exceeded on the project.  The goals, along with mandates for apprentices to make up 10 percent of the workforce, were part of a Project Labor Agreement...
Sep
2015
30

Upstate, Lawmakers Eye Project Labor Agreements for Buffalo, Syracuse

  Major construction projects in upstate New York are being evaluated for the possible use of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) to ensure efficiency and local hiring.  A series of solar projects in Buffalo and renovations to the state fair facility in Syracuse are going to bring large numbers of jobs to their respective regions, so [&hellip...